Bollywood actors such as Katrina Kaif, Varun Dhawan, Parineeti Chopra, Tiger Shroff and Sonam Kapoor have shared videos announcing the launch of Disney+ in India. The streaming service will be launched in a package with Hotstar, which has been rebranded Disney+ Hotstar, on April 3.
Each actor in their video message said a “version of the same thing, that they hope everyone is staying home during the lockdown, and that there’s entertainment along the way for those looking for new content to watch”. While Katrina said “that she’s looking forward to The Lion King”, Sonam said that “she has been a ‘Disney kid’ for as long as she can remember”. Tiger also tweet that “he is excited to watch The Mandalorian on the service”.
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Thursday plans ? ? I’m gonna be watching the #DisneyPlusHotstarPremiere of the The Lion King & watching the ENTIRE SEASON of Disney+ Original The Mandalorian live on 2nd April at 6 PM on @HotstarPremium! Subscribe now & mark your calendar , See u there ?#StayHomeStaySafe @HotstarVIP
In its official statement, Uday Shankar, president, The Walt Disney Company APAC and Chairman, Star & Disney India,said, “We hope the power of Disney’s storytelling, delivered through Hotstar’s technology, will help our viewers find moments of comfort, happiness and inspiration during these difficult times.”
Under the new partnership, Indian viewers will be able to watch films such as The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor Ragnarok, The Lion King, Frozen II, Aladdin and Toy Story 4.
Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscription plan is priced at Rs 399 per year. The Disney+ Hotstar Premium subscription is priced at Rs 1,499 per year.
During the lockdown, several actors have been sharing updates from their daily routines, which in Katrina’s case includes cleaning her house and washing dishes. Tiger, meanwhile, has shared workout videos.